Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat clashed with each other in the 17th match of the Big Bash League 2022-23 on Monday, December 27. Thunder defeated the Heat by 10 wickets. After that embarrassing 15 all-out that initiated the hat-trick of losses, this should feel like a “top of the world” win as Thunder badly needed this win.
After winning the toss, Brisbane opted to bat first. They had a really bad start as the opener Max Bryant got out early on the score of just 1 run. Heat lost three wickets on 26 runs. However, Colin Munro and Jimmy Peirson put up a 51-run stand for the 4th wicket but that wasn’t enough as they were bundled for only 121 runs.
Thunder’s skipper Chris Green and Daniel Sams took 2 wickets each for the team. Green only conceded 14 runs in his 4 overs quota, while Sams conceded 27 runs. Apart from them, Usman Qadir dismissed 1 batter, while conceding only 19 runs in 4 overs.
Brilliant comeback by Sydney Thunder in the tournament
Chasing the target of 122 runs, both Alex Hales and Matthew Gilkes started off decently and were only 52/0 at the end of 7 overs. A 14-run over from Swepson, however, turned things around for the Thunder and they never looked back. They took the power surge right after the 10th over and finished the job with 50 balls to spare. It’s only the fifth time a team has won by 10 wickets in the history of BBL.
Gilkes played a brilliant inning and in the post-match presentation, he talked about the match and said how important this win is for the team. He also said that the team were a little frustrated with the start they got in the BBL 2022-23.
“We haven’t quite done as well as we would’ve liked. Felt we have been close in a couple of games. Good win. Little frustrating the start of the campaign. The off-period came at a good time for me. We definitely got the better of the conditions. Was quite up and down and went sideways in the first innings. Really fun out there with Alex Hales,” Said Gilkes.